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What are the best uses for roll off dumpsters?

The two primary uses for roll off dumpsters are large cleaning projects and construction projects. Here are some examples:

  • basement, attic, and garage cleanouts
  • large spring cleaning projects
  • yard waste removal
  • cleaning out a house prior to a sales listing
  • kitchen and bath remodeling projects
  • roof tear-offs for roofing projects
  • replacing siding or windows
  • commercial construction

What are the common dumpster sizes and which size should I rent?

Dumpsters are measured by the number of cubic yards a container will hold, a 10-yard dumpster will hold 10 yards of waste materials. The typical dumpster sizes are 10 yds, 20yds, and 30yds.

Estimating the amount of debris a project will generate can be tricky, it’s usually best to just give us a call and we can help you estimate the best size for your project. Also, here is a page where we have provided more in-depth information on estimating dumpster sizes.

What things impact how much it will cost to rent a dumpster?

The two things that have the biggest impact on the cost of renting a dumpster in Tulsa are where you are located and how much debris you need to have removed.

Your location will have a significant impact on the cost of renting a dumpster as each landfill and city municipality will have different fees and taxes associated with disposing of the contents of a roll-off dumpster, the difference can be 300 to 400% from city to city.

The amount and type of debris you will be disposing of will also have a big impact on the cost. Simply the more material and the heavier it is the more it’s going to cost.

How do I compare different price quotes for dumpsters?

Most dumpster rental companies charge a flat fee for the specific sized dumpster, a specific number of days, and for a certain amount of weight. For example, you would receive a bid of $400 for a 30-yard dumpster, for 7 days, and not to exceed 3 tons.

However, some dumpster companies may have additional fees for, delivery, landfill costs, fuel charges, etc. So make sure when are quoted a price it is a flat fee for a specific size, time, and weight. Then comparing prices will be very straight forward.

Even with flat fee pricing extra charges may apply if you need to dumpster longer then the scheduled rental period. There is usually a daily fee for extending the rental period that is typically between $3 and $10 per day.

Additionally, if you exceeded to stated weight limit there will be additional fees. Each dumpster is weighed at the landfill or transfer station and the dumpster service pays a fee to dispose of the dumpster. If the dumpster exceeds the agreed upon tonnage there will be an additional weight fee that typically ranges from $30 to $100 per ton of overage, depending on the local landfill fees and taxes.

What are the best steps to take if I need to rent a dumpster?

The process of renting a dumpster should be simple and straight forward if you’re dealing with a dumpster rental company that is committed to providing straight forward pricing and a high level of customer service. Here are 4 steps that should make the process a simple possible:

  1. take into consideration the amount of debris you need to dispose of, if you are unsure, be prepared to describe your project to the dumpster rental companies you speak with so they can assist you in picking the right sized roll-off canister
  2. contact one or more dumpster rental companies to inquire about pricing and availability. Be sure to confirm that the quoted rate is all-inclusive for the stated time period, dumpster size, and weight limit.
  3. schedule a delivery date and provide any specific details about where you would like to have the dumpster placed on site. If you will need the canister during a busy time, like spring, it is best to schedule as far in advance as possible.
  4. when your done loading the dumpster, call the company and let them know you are ready for pick up. They should pick up the roll-off canister within 24 hours and take it to the landfill or transfer station.

What are the signs of a full septic tank?

Many homeowners are simply unable to perform routine maintenance on their sewer systems. In this case, it’s good to know a few telling warning signs of a full septic tank in mind so you know when to schedule septic pumping service.

These signs might mean your septic tank is full:

  • Strong odor of sewage in the yard
  • A backed-up toilet
  • A drain that can’t be unclogged
  • Standing water in the yard

Some newer septic systems even have built-in alarms that flash and make noise when the tank is nearly full. If this happens, don’t waste any time in calling a reputable plumber in your area.

Why Do I Need Septic Tank Pumping Services?

Because septic tanks handle human waste, it is important that they run safely and hygienically. A well-maintained septic tank shouldn’t smell or pose any sort of danger to your household. A full or inadequately maintained septic tank will likely smell and potentially release dangerous bacteria, phosphorus, and nitrogen into your groundwater. This can affect your family, pets, and even your garden!

Sewer pumping services every three to five years cost several hundred dollars—a full sewer replacement can cost up to $6,200 on the other hand! It is worth the small investment over time to keep up with sewer maintenance and septic pumping services. At On Call Services & Rentals, our licensed plumbing experts can courteously and professionally provide septic services at upfront prices to your home.

How Often Should a Porta Potty be Serviced?

For long term applications a weekly service (or after 80-100 uses) is sufficient to meet the needs of most users. However, for large special events a porta potty service may be needed on a daily or nightly basis. When renting a portable toilet be sure to discuss your specific needs with the customer service representative to ensure that your toilets will be serviced at an appropriate frequency.

What is a Porta Potty Made of?

The standard porta potty is manufactured using components made out of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic and aluminum. Some small components like springs and fasteners are made out of steel. Rails to support the porta potty above the ground can be made out of wood or plastic. This makes the porta potty very light and easy to move and transport.

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Should a Porta Potty be Staked Down?

Since Porta Potties are small and light this makes them easy to tip over. Inclement weather and rowdy teenagers can easily knock over a porta potty which can make it non-usable until a technician comes to service the unit. Servicing a unit that has been knocked over can also be challenging since the waste and chemicals have to be cleaned up manually. With that said, you should consider staking down your porta potties for the duration of your special event.

Can Portable Toilets be Used in Hot Climates?

Yes, in fact porta potties do very well in warm climates. Today’s porta potties are designed to optimize airflow within the unit and additional equipment such as solar or battery power fans are available to keep the air moving. Bacteria within the holding tank can be more active in a warm climate so additional chemicals are usually added to counteract this the increase in bacterial activity.

How Big is a Porta Potty?

Standard porta potty measures approximately 4 feet by 4 feet or about 16 square feet. Some models are smaller however standard ADA compliant restrooms must have enough room for a wheel chair to enter and turn around. An ADA compliant unit can typically measures around 40 square feet. Most standard porta potties are between 7.5 feet and 8 feet tall.

What are some of the features of a Porta Potty?

Porta potties are designed to fit a lot of things into a small space. This includes an anti-slip floor, a translucent roof, air vents, self closing doors with locks, privacy/occupancy indicators and a contoured seat with lid. Some, but not all, porta potties also have a non-splash urinal in addition to the standard toilet seat.

How do you Dispose of Waste from a Portable Toilet?

Once a truck is full of waste it is delivered to a nearby wastewater treatment plant for processing. The wastewater facility processes it in a similar fashion to raw sewage.

Do Porta Potties Flush?

Standard porta potties do not flush. The standard porta potty has toilet seat that opens to a holding tank that stores and collects waste until the unit is serviced by a sanitation technician. However, there are portable toilets that have flushing mechanisms designed to suit a variety of situations.